San Diego Fleet (2-1) at Memphis Express (0-3) – 4pm EST (B/R LIVE)
Last week the Fleet rolled the Commanders (who sunk them in Week 1), play of the day coming from former Buffalo Bill A.J. Tarpley. A 27-yard pick six to take the lead and they weren’t done there. New QB Philip Nelson threw for 151, and a pair of scores to Nelson Spruce. Expect more Nelson-to-Nelson against the maligned Memphis team.
Still searching for their first win, Mike Singletary’s squad had their best game of the season a week ago. Just 17 points (still haven’t broken 20), but they held the Apollos to 21, the first time they’ve been under 37! With the Defense starting to gel, the Express will need to lean on more of what worked last week..and maybe not wait until the 2nd half to get on the board. Christian Hackenberg was replaced by Zach Mettenberger at the start of the 3rd, we’ll see if he gets the ball from the get-go this week.
This game can be seen at B/R LIVE, and features the Alliance’s top two rushers in Ja’Quan Gardner (281 yards) and Zac Stacy (193 yards).
Schulzy says: 28-19, San Diego
Orlando Apollos (3-0) at Salt Lake Stallions (1-2) – 8pm EST (NFLN)
Another week, another win, and another pile of yards for Garrett Gilbert. 827 on the season through three games, but he comes face to face with the Salt Lake Defense for the first time. Stallions DE Karter Schult (4 sacks on the season) helped snuff out the Hotshots in Week 3, could they take down another undefeated team in Week 4?
With the Apollos encountering a bit of turbulence against the winless Express, we could be ripe for another upset in Salt Lake.
Schulzy says: 26-24, Salt Lake
San Antonio Commanders (1-2) at Birmingham Iron (3-0) – 4pm EST (CBSSN)
The Commanders started off last week’s game with a De’Vanta Bausby interception (his second of the season) which led immediately to a touchdown on the next play, but it was all downhill from there. Just 11 points for San Antonio in Week 3 against a team they had previously beaten in Week 1. Tomorrow they square off against the undefeated Birmingham Iron, who have been putting in blue-collar work since the start of the season.
Trent Richardson (pictured below) has had a lot to smile about with Birmingham, starting out the season on the right foot.
Schulzy says: 27-19, Birmingham
Atlanta Legends (0-3) at Arizona Hotshots (2-1) – 8pm EST (NFLN)
Arizona lost QB John Wolford last week to injury, but have drawn probably the best team they could’ve for Week 4. Matt Simms put up 328 yards for the Legends, not a total you’d usually associate with 12 points; at least the fans and food are rock solid in Atlanta (the team will catch up soon enough. –I want wings real bad now, cripes).
Both teams are coming off losses, but it’ll more than likely be the Hotshots returning to the W column.
Schulzy says: 25-11, Arizona